Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture

cl_bk_240_jpk3-scientific-expertiseCongratulations to Jason König and Greg Woolf on the publication of their edited volume Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture (CUP, 2017). This is the third in a trilogy of volumes arising from a Leverhulme Research Project on ‘Science and Empire in the Roman World’. The other two—Ancient Libraries and Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance—were published by CUP in 2013.


Family in Flavian Epic

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 16.57.37Nikoletta Manioti‘s edited volume Family in Flavian Epic was published in August 2016 by Brill. It examines the treatment of family bonds in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica, Statius’ Thebaid and Achilleid, and Silius Italicus’ Punica.

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From Greek to Chinese

cl_bk_240_fsh-mimesis-150x226Stephen Halliwell’s book The Aesthetics of Mimesis, which was translated into Italian in 2009 (as part of the award of the Premio Europeo d’Estetica), has been selected for translation into Chinese by the prestigious Yilin publishing house. The translation is expected to appear in 2018.

Emma Gee in New Generation Poets

mediumCongraulations to Emma Gee, who will have two poems included in the forthcoming ‘New Generation Poets’ issue of Agenda.  “Fear and Greed” and “Sensations” are based on passages from Lucretius’  On the Nature of the Universe. Agenda is a poetry journal, based in the UK, founded by William Cookson and Ezra Pound in 1959.

Aristophanes: Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs

cl_bk_240_fsh-aristophanes-frogs-150x236The latest instalment of Stephen Halliwell’s verse translation of the plays of Aristophanes has just been published by Oxford University Press. This is the second volume to appear and contains Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, and Frogs, as well as an appendix with selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes. A paperback will appear in the World’s Classics series in 2016.

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Lucretius ‘On the Nature of the Universe’

Tellus magazine has published two poems by Dr Emma Gee, based on extracts from Lucretius’ “On the Nature of the Universe” .

tellus-iss6-wThe Universe is Chaos (excerpt)

“The world is full of anarchy – just look around.
not everything aspires towards the middle:
things within earth’s sphere of influence
might to the eye wrap round a central point:
earth and water and the sea’s meniscus
fed by mountain torrents;
but gamine fire and slender breath of air
strain like rebellious kids to break away
from parent sea and earth…”

(On the Nature of the Universe 1.1083-1113)

The complete poems “The Universe is Chaos” and “Hidden Motion” appear in issue 6 of Tellus, available from their website.

Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing


The latest volume in the series “Impact of Empire” was published in July 2014 by Brill.  Edited by Jesper Majbom Madsen and Roger ReesRoman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing explores the ways in which Greek and Latin writers from the late 1st to the 3rd century CE experienced and portrayed Roman cultural institutions and power.

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